Shel­don ends TT Cup sea­son on a high

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

SHEL­DON van der Linde ended his Audi Sport TT Cup rookie sea­son on a pos­i­tive note when he turned a dif­fi­cult week­end around to come back fight­ing and score third and fourth places in the two races of the Hock­en­heim­ring fi­nale as he ended up sec­ond in the Rookie championship and fourth over­all for the year.

“Over­all, I en­joyed a great de­but year,” Van der Linde said. “We started very strong, but we were un­lucky and I made a few mis­takes through the sea­son. We won four races, had a few pole po­si­tions and fastest laps, and I think we can be pretty proud of that.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to over­all cham­pion Joonas La­palainen . He drove a con­sis­tent sea­son and fin­ished ev­ery race in the points, also well done to my main spar­ring part­ner Den­nis Marschall who ended sec­ond in the championship and to Rookie cham­pion Nick­las Nielsen — I never had an an­swer to him …”

The Hock­en­heim week­end proved chal­leng­ing for Van der Linde from the out­set, with qual­i­fy­ing run­ning in cloudy and cold con­di­tions.

“Qual­i­fy­ing was dis­ap­point­ing,” Van der Linde said. “We de­cided to change the dif­fer­en­tial set­ting and camber an­gles of the wheels for the first race, which was awe­some. I set the fastest lap on the way from ninth to third, and got on the podium.

“That was not enough how­ever — Nick­las fin­ished sec­ond and moved into the Rookie lead. I also pro­gressed well early on in the sec­ond race but I ended up fourth be­hind Den­nis, Nick­las and Joonas, and could not get close enough to pass. As they say, what does not kill you makes you stronger and I learnt so much this year,” Van der Linde said. “I truly ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing that every­one has done for me and es­pe­cially all the sup­port from back home. Now I’m look­ing for­ward to com­ing back stronger then ever next year — bring it on!”

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Shel­don van der Linde had a good run at the Hock­en­heim­ring fi­nale.

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